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s/t: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes
Richard Evans Schultes (1915-2001) was probably the greatest explorer of the Amazon, and regarded among anthropologists and seekers alike as the "father of ethnobotany." Taking what was meant to be a short leave from Harvard in 1941, he surveyed the Amazon basin almost continuously for twelve years, during which time h
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Hardcover, 204 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Chronicle Books
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Jul 28, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Very interesting. Not what I thought it would be about. I just grabbed it on the way out of the library. But once I got into the book, I was stunned at that with man, Richard Schultes, did and how he lived. Unarmed he went into the Amazon and found vegetation that could benefit human kind. He also was allowed to participate in rituals with psychedelic plants that only one tribe used for pleasure not just as part as a ceremony. All this he did going in without a gun and became a hero to the indig ...more
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Great photos and anecdotes from Schultes' adventurous years on the back rivers.
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Remarkable photographic account of Richard Evans Schultes's ethnobotanical expeditions in the Amazon between 1940 and 1951. Large black and white images of enormous trees, hallucinogenic plants, rituals and water, water everywhere. The accompanying biographical essay, written by Schultes's student, Wade Davis, is also excellent.
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Collected photographs of ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes' trips through the Amazonian rain forest. A strange but beautiful encounter.
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Recommends it for: photographers, naturalists
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Beautiful images; reminded me of Ansel Adams. Photographers will want this on their coffee tables.
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Quite a trip.
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Edmund Wade Davis has been described as "a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life's diversity."

An ethnographer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent more than three years in the Amazon an
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